On March the 17th every year, people all around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint has now become an international holiday with parties, parades, dancing, foods and a lot of green including hair, clothes and more.
Saint Patrick was a fifth century missionary and patron saint of Ireland, and the 17th of March marks the date of his death.
With celebrations already starting, we thought what better way to start this brilliant day than with a traditional Irish dessert.
Have a go at making this tasty Irish Whiskey Cake, which takes just under 2 hours and can serve up to nine people.
- 2 cups raisins
- 3 tbsp grated lemon zest
- ¼ cup whiskey
- ¾ cup butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 egg whites
- 1 ½ cup flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups sifted sugar
- 1 lemon
- Place the raisins, lemon rind, and whiskey in a small bowl and let them soak the night before. Grab a square cake tin and line with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 175°C. Sift the flour, salt, cloves and baking powder into a bowl and put aside for later.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add egg yolks and beat well. Beat in the flour mixture quickly and stir in the raisins.
- In a different bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff and fold into the mixture. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 45-60 minutes.
- To make the glaze you should mix the lemon juice with the powdered sugar, whiskey and warm water and drizzle over the cake.
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